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Published on: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

By Jim Davis

Prince George’s County Police Department identified six officers involved in a departmental shooting in the 8100 block of Rydal Road on Nov.12.

The shooting was a result of a double homicide. Chonsay Laquez Green, 30, of Capitol Heights, and Jeneen Desiree Dunn, 25, of Greenbelt, were shot to death around midnight in the parking lot of Dave and Busters at Arundel Mills in Anne Arundel County.

After an extensive investigation by Anne Arundel County Police Department and tips from witnesses, homicide detectives tracked down and located a silver sports utility vehicle. That vehicle led police officers to James Edward Coleman, 22, of Forestville.

Police believe Coleman was hiding out in his parents’ house on Rydal Road.

Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Investigative Response Team was contacted by Anne Arundel County Police Department around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Special Investigative Response Team officers responded to the house on Rydal Road, and while waiting for Anne Arundel detectives to arrive, the suspect exited the house with an assault rifle and a shotgun and began shooting at officers.

Cpl. Phillip Foster was struck in the upper body. The officer was transported by Maryland State Police helicopter to a local trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers on the scene returned fire at the suspect, striking Coleman multiple times. Coleman was pronounced dead on the scene. 

“Coleman had a significant criminal background, including multiple robberies, assaults and prior use of handguns,” said Julie Parker, public information officer for Prince George’s County Police Department. “This also shows how two police departments can work together quickly solve an incident such as this.”

The officers involved in the shooting are Lt. Michael Snyder, Sgt. Terrence Nelson, Cpl. James Weinelt, Officer Paul Gambardella and Officer William Ledward. All of the involved officers are assigned to the Bureau of Patrol, District III and have been placed on routine administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477).

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